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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From San Diego Comic-Con

55 min ago

Our live show from Comic-Con features a lively chat about fandoms and inclusivity, a blisteringly difficult quiz, and as always, what's making us happy this week.

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How Do Our Worst Moments Shape Us?

2 hours 49 min ago

Writer Andrew Solomon dives into his childhood to describe moments of great adversity, and how they helped him build identity.

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What Does It Mean To Be A 'Child Of The State'?

2 hours 49 min ago

Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay was raised by the state. He talks about the empty space where his family should have been.

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Why Is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety?

2 hours 49 min ago

Journalist Jennifer Senior says the goal of raising happy children is so elusive it has put modern, middle-class parents into a panic. She says there's no right way to parent.

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What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?

2 hours 49 min ago

Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.

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Book News: 'Lost' Dr. Seuss Stories To Be Published

4 hours 19 min ago

Also: Hilton Als on Flannery O'Connor; Stephen Burt on poetry.

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'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!

6 hours 59 min ago

Morning Edition's David Greene talks to director James Gunn about his new film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which Marvel hopes to make its next big franchise. Characters include a raccoon and a tree.

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A 'Child Of God,' Or Maybe Not

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:03pm

The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it's almost impossible to empathize.

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A 'War Story' With Big Ambitions And Mixed Results

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:03pm

The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is 'The Honorable Woman': A Series Both Ruthless And Rewarding

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:58pm

The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She's a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.

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Sem-ANN-tics

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:38am

Don't get too annoyed with this final round. Like "annoyed," every answer contains the consecutive letters "A-N-N" somewhere within it. This game separates the canniest from the wannabes.

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Movie Math

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:38am

If Pythagoras were alive today, we think he'd be a movie buff. Multiply your film knowledge by your math skills in this quiz that asks you to perform computations with the numbers in movie titles.

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Can I Kick It? No, You Can't

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:38am

Listen, we're not your parents. We're not about to tell you what you can and can't do. Besides, the songs in this game, all of which contain the word "can't" in the title, take care of that for us.

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It's Eezy

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:38am

We're spotlighting both the most common and least common English letters in this game — E and Z. Every clue points to a word or phrase containing "E-E-Z" spelled consecutively. Easy!

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Can't Place The Place Name

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:38am

Fame knows no geographic bounds in this game about celebrity-city name mashups. In what Florida city does the singer of "Nasty" hang out? That's "Janet Jacksonville."

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Luke Song: Hat's Entertainment!

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:38am

The milliner famous for designing Aretha Franklin's 2009 Inauguration chapeau plays a game about real people and fictional characters with iconic headgear.

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John U. Bacon: Old MacDonald Went To College

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:38am

A sportswriter and a former Michigan Wolverines football player imagine the college days of a nursery rhyme farmer in this quiz about animal mascots and the noises they make.

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Where Love's Concerned, This 'Magic Barrel' Is No Magic Bullet

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:03am

Anya Ulinich's new graphic novel is inspired by Bernard Malamud's "The Barrel" — both star choosy loners looking for love. But Malamud's swoony violins and lit candles don't apply to Lena Finkle.

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Let's Hear It For F.U.N.

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:45am

The most surprising thing about the latest film in the Marvel Universe may be as simple as its genre: while it certainly has your space battles and big fights, it's a straight-up comedy.

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Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:16am

Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.

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